High School

Académie Lafayette wants to provide more quality education options for Kansas City by adding an International Baccalaureate high school.

We are excited to announce that the Académie Lafayette Board of Directors voted at their September 9, 2019 board meeting to open an International Baccalaureate high school for the 2020-2021 school year. Read more here


Frequently Asked Questions for the Académie Lafayette High School Program (ALHS)

As other questions come up and are submitted through the Google Form, these FAQ will be updated and addressed at the Parent Forum.

What will the location of the high school be?

The Armour campus will house the ALHS high school program. The Armour building can hold up to 900 students today. Phase 3 of our expansion plan includes building a gym and auditorium at the Armour Campus at the site of the current basketball courts.

Will there be space for all AL students graduating from 8th grade who are interested in attending the ALHS?


Is there space for Citizens of the World Charter school (CWKC) and the ALHS to still co-locate? If so, for how long?

Yes. There is enough space to accommodate CWKC and an ALHS for the next 2 years. Beginning in 2022, CWKC will relocate pursuant to the terms of their lease agreement with AL.

Is there a minimum number of students we need in order to move forward?

We hope to start with a minimum of 30 students, but there will be space for any current 8th grade student to attend.

What is the current total class size of the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade that will create the pipeline for the high school’s first 3 academic years?

The current 2019-2020 middle school population at AL is: 95 in 6th grade, 90 in 7th grade, and 85 in 8th grade. There are 270 total AL middle school students.

How large do you expect/plan for each graduating class to be when the school is at full capacity?

All students currently enrolled at Académie Lafayette will automatically qualify to attend the ALHS. When the school is at full capacity we anticipate a 12th grade graduating class of 120.

Will 8th graders automatically matriculate into the ALHS or is there an application process?

No additional application will be necessary for current 8th grade students, but we will ask parents to indicate their plans to attend so we can plan accordingly and have sufficient time to hire teachers (using a similar intent to return process as is currently used each year).

What will be student requirements from outside of AL to attend?

As required by charter law, when the school is open to the community, students will be accepted by lottery for open spots available.

Will this be a partnership between AL and any other public school?

No, the high school is an extension of our current K-8 program. As such, it is operated under the Académie Lafayette charter sponsored by UCM. Missouri Charter School laws prohibit two charter schools or any other public schools to “merge” or to create partnerships for a high school.

For current 8th grade students that left AL, is there space for them to return to attend the ALHS if they are interested?

Yes. However, they will have to apply like any other non-AL students and go through a lottery if there are more applications than seats available. Standard admissions rules would apply regarding sibling preference.

What will the model of the high school be?

Académie Lafayette began our middle school International Baccalaureate (IB) program a few years ago, so the ALHS will build out the full IB program to include an IB certificate or diploma. Please refer to the ALHS program document below the FAQ.

Will it be an immersion school?

No, the ALHS will be a college preparatory, International Baccalaureate and global studies high school. The ALHS will not be immersion but the administration is currently in conversation with UMKC to have the option for students to earn college credit for French by exam after their 8th grade year. We will continue to build out advanced language options for students to continue their language development in French, Spanish and Mandarin.

Will you continue Mandarin and Spanish electives as well?


Will the new high school be accredited?

The accreditation process will begin once the school opens and should be fully accredited by year four.

Will there be a full library?


For additional questions about curriculum, electives, extra curricular activities etc., click here for the ALHS program document

Official Communications 

High School Announcement September 9th, 2019

Community Input

Submit your questions here.

Supporting Documents

ALHS Program Description